Archive | February, 2012


The Maté Factor: Fresh Green Herb Blend

The Maté Factor: Fresh Green Herb Blend –3.9/5 Gourds (Review on: February 25th, 2012)   Region: Campo Largo, Brazil Description: This is an amazing Mate for those who are just becoming acquainted with the drink, or prefer gentle grassy tones of sweet and slightly sour. It’s most definitely not for those who prefer their Mate […]

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The Cowboy’s Mate: Kraus Gaucho

Kraus — 3.65 of 5 palos — reviewed 2/7/2012 Type: Gaucho Region: Misiones, Argentina. Description This is Kraus’ strong line of mate, Gaucho (Cowboy) style. Well balanced and tasty mate. Has a bit of a kick. Solid mate with excellent structure. Cut 3.00 palos Fluffy, fine cut. Contains fair amount of splinter palos. For a […]

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Cruising Along with Cruz de Malta

Cruz de Malta — 3.45 of 5 palos — reviewed 2/17/2012 Type: Traditional Region: Misiones, Argentina. Empresa Mate Larangeira Mendez Description When I think Cruz de Malta I’m always reminded of a fresh summer breeze. This traditional, 100% naturally processed mate, free of chemicals and additives, is a staple yerba in Argentina. The bright flavors […]

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Coiled vs Fanned Mate Bombillas

Ever since Mate Factor sent me one of their bombillas back in 2010, I’ve been using it daily. It’s been my de facto bombilla. The certified, official, trusty Circle of Drink bombilla… Fine, okay… it’s just a damn good bombilla. It’s one of those with the fanned filter with the horizontal slices. The tip of […]

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Taragüí Yerba Mate (Traditional)

Taragüí — 3.15 of 5 palos — reviewed 2/9/2012 Type: Traditional. Blue/Red bag. Region: Corrientes, Argentina. Establecimiento Las Marias. Description There’s a particular bitterness to this mate that is quite unpleasant. No matter how much I think I can get used to it, I can’t! Being one of the most popular yerbas in Argentina, this […]

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Mate with a Minty Blast — Kraus Silvestre

Kraus — 3.40 of 5 palos — reviewed 2/1/2012 Type: Silvestre Region: Misiones, Argentina. Description This aromatic and vibrant mate is somewhat of a novelty. Grown with fair trade practices, Kraus is a company that thinks about sustainability. Smoke-free and including a healthy amount of herbs: mint, pennyroyal, lemon verbena (think apple Jolly Ranchers!), and […]

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